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Internet Explorer Has a New Anime Girl Mascot

By - Source: via Kotaku | B 65 comments

The new face of IE is a cartoon character named Inori.

 

Mozilla has that cute little red panda (also known as a firefox), so why shouldn't Microsoft have a mascot for Internet Explorer? Exactly what the folks at Redmond were thinking, apparently. Microsoft today unveiled a brand new mascot for IE, but it's not a cute fuzzy animal. Instead, Microsoft's mascot is an anime character.

 

Her name is Inori Aizawa and she has her own Facebook page. On it, she introduces herself as the personification of Internet Explorer. She also lists Hikaru (Microsoft's Silverlight mascot) as her cousin and says she's close friends with Nanami (Windows 7) and Yuu and Ai (Windows 8). Inori likes surfing the Internet, HMTL5, karaoke, cats (a must for any Internet browser), and mint-flavored ice cream. She has her own email address (inor.aizawa@outlook.com) and is 18 years old (her birthday is the same date the first version of IE debuted).

Inori says she used to be clumsy and slow but has since matured and is confident in her abilities.

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    back_by_demand , November 9, 2013 1:07 AM
    Something about this mascot says "tentacle" but can't quite put my finger on it
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    mortsmi7 , November 9, 2013 1:15 AM
    Wow. I should stop reading Tom's at 3am. I see weird articles.
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    Stimpack , November 9, 2013 1:26 AM
    Hey, guys, she's 18!
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  • 31 Hide
    back_by_demand , November 9, 2013 1:07 AM
    Something about this mascot says "tentacle" but can't quite put my finger on it
  • 26 Hide
    mortsmi7 , November 9, 2013 1:15 AM
    Wow. I should stop reading Tom's at 3am. I see weird articles.
  • 24 Hide
    Stimpack , November 9, 2013 1:26 AM
    Hey, guys, she's 18!
  • 13 Hide
    robax91 , November 9, 2013 1:30 AM
    MUST...NOT...FAP...
  • 5 Hide
    Wheekie , November 9, 2013 1:46 AM
    I am very confused right now.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 9, 2013 1:55 AM
    Hey as long as Firefox doesn't do the same thing, I'll be happy.
  • 12 Hide
    Scoregie , November 9, 2013 2:17 AM
    I have this weird feeling that somehow this is the most advanced/best feature of IE ever done.
  • 11 Hide
    Spac3nerd , November 9, 2013 2:24 AM
    This is probably to get those Chinese IE6 users up to date.
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    smokeybravo , November 9, 2013 2:35 AM
    In before the hentai.
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    mazty , November 9, 2013 2:47 AM
    Here's a little context: "Inori is an anime character, created by animation studio CACANi on behalf of Microsoft Singapore for a special video that will screen at this year's Anime Festival Asia in Singapore this weekend."
    Without that it seems like Redmond have been replaced by 16 yr old basement dwelllers...
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    phatthefirst , November 9, 2013 3:00 AM
    She probably runs slowly
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2013 3:11 AM
    Things that make you go Huh?
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    bgrt , November 9, 2013 3:16 AM
    My Japanese is weak but hikaru means light and nana is 7. Not sure what Inori has to do with IE though.
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    bigpinkdragon286 , November 9, 2013 3:17 AM
    I'm sorry, but are they trying to make their browser indefensible?
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    belardo , November 9, 2013 4:00 AM
    IE- Girls : They like virgin guys who masturbate to drawings... That is the message I got.
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    Camikazi , November 9, 2013 5:08 AM
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    So what is Microsoft saying here? That IE is good enough for cartoons? Is their IE audience Pre K kids? I think Microsoft has lost all touch with reality, and from what I have seen using IE 11 it might of course be the best IE version yet. But is that really saying much?


    She was made for Microsoft Singapore for an anime festival not to be the worldwide mascot or even the regional one so MS is not saying anything (but people will read into it anyway) other than making a character for a specific event. As for IE11 it is very good and can compete with any other browser on most all features, only place it is lacking is addons or extensions (again people will deny that as well).
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , November 9, 2013 5:26 AM
    What the hell? Why? Is there product so bad they have to use a little girl that is scantly clad to get sales? Or maybe it will attract kids as well as pervs...
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    Deus Gladiorum , November 9, 2013 6:11 AM
    SHE'S SO DAMN KAWAII

    Too bad internet explorer is still slow as hell...
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    shahrooz , November 9, 2013 6:23 AM
    and she doesn't use IE for web surfing.
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